Operation Overlord : The Most Decisive Operation For The Allies On The European Front

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Operation Overlord Operation Overlord was the most decisive operation for the Allies on the European front. Many brave men stormed the five major beaches of Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold and Juno in Normandy, France on June 6th 1944. The five beaches ranged in lethality, leaving some allied forces decimated while others were able to rally and push the combined axis forces back. The acts of bravery and determination quickly became legend and the men who laid down their lives are still honored to this day. If this operation were to fail, and the atlantic wall stood, the invasion and potentially the war would have went in favor of Nazi Germany. Operation Overlord was the brainchild of General Dwight D Eisenhower and as so, he was tasked with leading it. He was assisted by British Generals, mainly General Bernard Montgomery. At the end of the invasion, nearly 750,000 troops were either casualties or prisoners of war and many more civilians were killed in the crossfire or events preceding the invasion. While there is a long list of countries who sent men to fight in the invasion, the main effort was headed by American, British and Canadian forces. After the success of Operation Overlord, the allies were able to set up a beach head and get a hold on the European, allowing for a two front war to be reopened and take pressure off of the USSR. Of the most important operation of the front, Omaha beach was the most casualty producing of all. Not only was this beach the heavily

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